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The Honolulu Advertiser

Updated at 2:21 a.m., Sunday, January 13, 2008

Monster surf expected to reach Hawaii this afternoon

Advertiser Staff

Surf is expected to reach 25 to 35 feet along north-facing shores today and 15 to 20 feet along west-facing shores, the National Weather Service said, leaving the islands under a high surf warning today.

A lead forecaster at the National Weather Service said at 2:30 a.m. that the biggest surf will mostly likely arrive this afternoon and not this morning. Surf overnight at the Waimea buoy was about 15 feet.

Elsewhere today, surf along east- and south-facing shores will be 2 to 4 feet.

The National Weather Service said that the pending northwest swell and strong local northerly winds will produce very large and stormy surf conditions through tonight before gradually subsiding and shifting to a more northerly direction late Monday and Tuesday.

By Wednesday, this swell will be from the north northeast, and a high surf advisory may be required along east facing shores. Elsewhere, the small south swell will continue through Monday.